Well, 2009 has come and gone and the New Year is ahead of us. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Y2K and all that hoopla? Do you remember the resolutions you made in 2000?
While many believe that a single resolution can have a positive impact on their lives, I, generally, don’t make resolutions. I’m simply not good that good at them. I think I aim too high. I have good intentions, but carrying them out can be a challenge. I would love to lose a couple of extra pounds, but trying to do Weight Watchers with a 3 year old in the house is not productive. Now, if I had a nanny and a cook…
Do you make resolutions? Writing resolutions? Do they work for you?
Our tradition of making New Years resolutions come from the ancient Babylonians and Romans. For the ancient Babylonians their New Years began in March during spring when the new crops were planted. Makes sense – new crops; the world is waking up from winter. Some of their resolutions involved returning their borrowed farm equipment.
New Years resolutions became more widely known with the ancient Romans. Janus was a Roman god with two faces. With one face, he could look back on the past events of the year, and with the other, he could look forward toward the future, thus he became a Roman symbol for resolutions. The Romans named their first month of the year January, after Janus, who was also known as their god of beginnings. The Romans’ resolutions had two aspects. They would ask for their enemies’ forgiveness while exchanging gifts with their friends for the New Year.
As Christianity evolved they came to believe the first day of the New Year should be used to reflect on past mistakes and resolve to improve themselves in the New Year. In today’s times, some of the more popular resolutions include quitting smoking, tobacco, stop drinking excessively, and losing weight.
Me? I resolve to examine my writing goals for 2009 and reflect on what was successful and what wasn’t and build on those goals for 2010. My other goal is to try to lose weight. (It’s a goal, not a resolution which helps me mentally) I want to stick to the principals of good eating and try to get in some more exercise.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on New Years resolutions and what you hope to accomplish in 2010 both in your writing and your personal life.
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